Near catastrophe with my iPhone 3G - water damage

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by crmpicco, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. crmpicco macrumors member

    crmpicco

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    #1
    I had a near-catastrophe with my iPhone 3G last night.

    It was sitting on my table and I knocked a glass of juice over it. :eek: I managed to wipe the juice off it in seconds, but I believe some of the liquid got into the call speaker at the top. I tried to make a call out, but couldn't hear a thing. Similarly, when I made a call to another phone they couldn't hear me which was strange as I don't think the liquid got to the mic :confused:

    Anyway, I went to bed raging :mad: last night but gave it a few hours on top of the radiator this morning and afternoon and it's back to normal!!

    Just a tip for anyone who makes the same mistake. ;)

    Cheer,
    Picco
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It will probably die soon, as the damage doesn't just go away.
     
  3. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

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    Agreed. Sticky juice, the phone was used while "wet" and a radiator. I'm guessing that, unfortunately, it will stop working properly soon.

    That sucks. It could happen to any of us (despite what folks on here say).
     
  4. Thnkdifferent macrumors member

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    If you have the 3G you qualify for an upgrade. Use it. You will not regret it.
     
  5. thekev, Dec 11, 2011
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    thekev macrumors 604

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    I don't understand how people do not get it, don't use the damn thing while wet. Turn it off immediately and leave it off for a few days, or just turn it off and take it in so they can clean the interior properly.
     
  6. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    They don't understand that water and electronics don't mix. It'll start having issues soon and he'll realize that he should have let it dry properly.
     
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I think people understand it just fine. What they don't understand is just how long these things can take to truly dry out. Most people leave it a day, assume it has dried out, turn it on, are happy to see it working, some fluid shifts, and the phone is dead within hours or days.
     
  8. verwon macrumors 68030

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    Just to show the difference:

    I was very ill, due to some medications I was on and didn't know it. At the time I had the Palm Pre, one night I got very dizzy and dropped it in a full bathtub. I pulled it out, yanked out the battery and stuck everything in a bag of rice, set in a warm location for several days. That little sucker still works!

    My son, however, got a brand new HTC Evo 4G wet and didn't know he should do that....it was toast! I ended up having to have him file an insurance claim and pay a $100 deductible.

    Do not leave a phone on that has gotten wet like that! If you want any hope of using it, again, let it dry for several days.
     
  9. crmpicco thread starter macrumors member

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    Cheers for the replies, looks like i've made an error here. I'm at work just now so I can't let it dry out completely, however, tonight, it's going on the radiator!

    Thanks :)
     
  10. M Quick macrumors 6502

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    Use rice as that will pick up moisture and turn it off right now!
     

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